Lord Jesus, when we find ourselves challenged by the world around us, you stand among us and call us to turn to you as a source of comfort and strength. Help us always to remember that through your peace and the power of the Holy Spirit we are strengthened for God’s mission. Amen
On Tuesday evening, we had our first information session for parents from Camp Australia who is very excited and looking forward to a start to their time at St Jude’s from Monday 8 July 2019, when Vacation Care commences.
Parent Information Sessions - To help families understand how the program is structured; to meet CA educators and to find out how to make bookings and manage your account, a second Parent Information Session will be held in the school Library on Thursday 20 June at 5.30pm. We understand time is valuable to working parents and you may not be able to attend this information night. If this is the case, please visit www.campaustralia.com.au and use the school finder to find out all you need to know about the program.
Register and Book - via http://campaustralia.com.au/schools/details/CBC8 to request an information pack, or register and book your children into the program. If you have any further questions, you can call CAs Customer Care on 1300 105 343. The team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except National Public Holidays).
School Improvement Surveys (SIS) 2019
This will be the fourth year Catholic Education has conducted the online School Improvement Surveys. The SIS of staff, students and parents will be conducted early in Term 3 to allow time for analysing the results and informing the School Improvement Plans for 2020. The Surveys are due to be launched on Monday 29 July, with a closing date of Friday 9 August. Survey Reports are due to schools by Friday 23 August. Parents will have the survey link emailed to them by the class/grade parent contact once we receive it. Senior students only will be asked to complete an online survey at school – a time will be made available to them.
Many thanks to Mal and Tania Weir (Yrs 3/4) and Bryce Lloyd and Ryan Curbishley (Yrs 5/6) who will coach/manage our teams in next Wednesdays Sullivan Shield Rugby League Competition. Our teams will compete in the south Canberra division at Phillip Oval. I thank these adults for putting themselves forward. The children are looking forward to the day and have been preparing vigorously at playtimes. Good luck to all involved.
Class Music lessons are currently being delivered in classrooms and not the school hall. As we approach our dance concert, the hall becomes prime real estate and so Mrs Thomas takes her lessons in classrooms to allow all classes time in the hall.
Last weekend I went to the AIS. I played sport for the Short Stature Athletic Carnival. Over the two days, I had a great attitude, and a smile on my face all the time. I won the Leanne Wagner Award for great participation. I am the 16th person to win this medal. Everything I did was super fun.
During assembly this Friday, the following children will be given their badges and make their commitment to the SRC:
Noah M (2J), Maeve W (2D), Hannah H (2BF), Jonah M (3M), Jacob G (3ME), Thusini LG (4KR), Allegra J (4LR), Lily H (5H), Angus W (5L), Grace K (6S) and Catie C (6CG).
Car Park Lines
Our large car park will be remarked during the upcoming school holidays. The marking was planned to happen this week but it has been postponed.
As part of Merici College’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, a very special concert and fundraiser will be held on Friday 9 August and Saturday 10 August in the College Auditorium, Wise Street Braddon. The concert starts at 7.00pm (arrival and seating at 6.30pm) on both nights. Walk down memory lane as each decade is revisited through dance, music, drama performances, Alumni reflections and current students highlighting life at Merici College. Tickets and refreshment packages available at www.trybooking.com/BCWAY. All funds raised will be used to improve indoor and outdoor learning spaces for students.
Message from ACT Health
With winter upon us, it’s important to remember that Canberra has lots of health options that don’t involve a trip to a hospital emergency department. Many of these are free and available after hours. Walk-in Centres provide free, one off treatment of minor injury and illness, including colds and flu. They’re a great choice for children over 2 years of age – children under 2 should see their GP. Walk-in Centres are open from 7.30am to 10pm, every day of the year. They are staffed by highly skilled nurses who can provide you with a sick certificate and in some cases, medication, saving you time and money. The service is free and no appointments are necessary. Walk-in Centres are located in Tuggeranong, Belconnen and Gungahlin. To find out more about getting the right health care for your symptoms, visit www.act.gov.au/yourhealthoptions
Today, Kindergarten celebrated Mass with Fr Brian and the parishioners. Thank you to Mrs Feerick, Mrs Thiele and Mrs Henry for preparing the Mass and to Catie and Sophie for altar serving.
The Feast of the Trinity of God
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself
but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me,
since all he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said:
All he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.’
This Sunday, we celebrate The Feast of the Trinity of God. It comes about because Jesus painted a picture of the most intimate communion of Divine Life between Himself, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. This is a relationship and yet the most perfect unity.
God is Divine pulsating, shimmering light dancing in threefold exchange of love. In fact, the best name for God is ‘Being-in-Love’. What does this mean for us?
How often have you heard: ‘You are made in the image and likeness of God’? If God is threefold Being-in-Love, then you and I are made to live in relationship – not in solitary. We are totally on the wrong track if we think that the ultimate good is to be self sufficient. It will turn out to be a Hellish choice. When we live as much self giving as is possible, we are closest to Divine Life. In fact, we are Divine Life pulsating into a particular time and place through us.
Each time we bless ourselves, a bit of a Catholic routine, we are invoking the threefold exchange of love and calling its power into our life. Be careful, there will be consequence! You could become more God-like!
We could pause for a moment, slowly make the Sign of the Cross that recalls our baptism: ‘In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’, and promise to image that Name in our lives.
© Fr Michael Tate; firstname.lastname@example.org
The time has begun where the two parish schools are beginning to plan and prepare for Confirmation. While this sacrament is not received until Term 3, it is important for the Year 6 parents to be aware of dates so they can be put in diaries well in advance! Please register now for Confirmation, on Qkr!
Tuesday 30 July (week 2), Adult Formation 6-7pm, SJV Church.
Weekend of the 3/4 August, Commitment Mass.
Tuesday 20 August (week 5), Family Formation 6-7pm, SJV school hall.
Friday 6 September (week 7), Retreat Day.
Weekend of the 14/15 September, Sacrament of Confirmation.
Vinnies Winter Appeal
Last year Vinnies Conference members provided over $2 million in emergency assistance including food vouchers and parcels to people in need. We are asking for you to assist people in need in our local community again this winter. By supporting the Vinnies Winter Appeal we are helping to bring safety and security to people struggling to make ends meet. Please bring in your donation to school no later than Friday 14 June.
Non perishable items such as:
Toiletries such as:
Dates to remember:
Tuesday 11 June: Beatitudes Prayer Assembly 2.30pm, St Jude's Church 2D presenting.
Thursday 13 June: Kinder class Mass, 9.30am, St Jude's Church.
Thursday 20 June: Year 4 class Mass, 9.30am, St Jude's Church.
A reminder to check your child’s bag for spare clothes. As the weather is now cooling off can you please ensure the spare clothes have been updated to reflect the winter weather.
Rain Coats and Gumboots
Rainy cold days do not prevent us from enjoying the outdoors and we have had many of these days recently. Splashing in the rain puddles is an experience we encourage if the child has the correct clothing to do so. Please consider bringing in a pair of gumboots and raincoat (to remain here at school).
Thank you to the parents and grandparents who have donated spare tyres. Our new playspace is starting to be developed. We are still needing a few more, so if you have any spare car or motorcycle tyres lying around your garage, we would love to take them off your hands.
ELC Holiday Care
The ELC will be running the holiday care program for ELC children during the next school holidays. The program will run from 8am to 5:30pm for the two weeks, 8 July to 19 July. Information about the program and booking forms will be available at the ELC office by the end of this week.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Reports will be sent home by Friday of week 8 and parent teacher interviews will be conducted over weeks 9 and 10. Interview timeslots will be displayed on your child’s class window, please write your name on the booking sheet as soon as possible.
The final ELC fees for term 2 have been sent out today. As we are approaching the end of term, it is important to check your account balance and ensure all fees are paid by next Friday 21 June.
Acting ELC Director
ACT Cross Country
A huge congratulations to those students who represented St Jude’s PS at ACT Cross Country Carnival on Wednesday 12 June. All students who participated were fabulous representatives for our school, demonstrated fantastic school spirit.
School Sports Representative teams
If you are interested in challenging your skills in your chosen sports, please have a look at the Sports noticeboard for upcoming trials.
Fitness – Karate
During fitness, each house group has been enjoying some basic Karate lessons with Sensei Greg Olsen. He has kindly been giving up his time to help us enjoy fitness in a different way. If you are interested in having your child participate in Karate please get in contact with Greg golsen@gkrkarate 0431801655 or GKR Karate – www.gkrkarate.com
St Jude’s Basketball
We have now entered three teams (3/4 Boys, 5/6 Girls and 5/6 Boys) for the upcoming Basketball ACT Championships and Challenges. Unfortunately, we did not receive enough interest in the 3/4 Girls Basketball Team. A huge thank you to our coaches and volunteer parents who will help on the day, as well as Mrs Anna Stincic and Miss Jessica Mead for accompanying the teams. A note for the three days will go home shortly.
AFL clinics have continued for students in Year 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 with Nick from ACT AFL. The students have enjoyed learning passing and kicking techniques as well as some game techniques.
A big congratulations to Oliver C (6CG) who has been selected to represent the ACT for AFL in Mandurah WA.
Thank you to the McGuinness family for donating some preloved books in excellent condition to the Library!
Congratulations to Emily R, Audrey P, Sophie B, Maddison K, Chelsea J, Patrick H, Cyrano M, Lara O, Henri S, Lachlan E, Giselle C, Amber R, Jack V and Lucas H for completing their CMRC this week! Well done!
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 14 June, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 28 June, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 5 July, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Just a reminder that Uniform Shop orders can be placed electronically via Qkr! and items will then be delivered directly to your child, for them to take home. Pending the availability of our volunteers, Qkr! orders are usually filled on Wednesday mornings, as well as Friday afternoons when the shop is open.
If you need to exchange any item that you have ordered (e.g. for a different size), just send the item and a note back into school with your child to go in the daily message bag to the front office. The volunteers at the Uniform Shop will then swap the item over for you and provide it to your child to take home. If any of the items you have ordered happen to be out of stock at the time, a slip will be provided to your child advising of this. If required, refunds can be arranged via the front office.
All profits from the Uniform Shop go to the St Jude’s Community Council and help fund school projects, such as the new playground equipment built in 2018.
If you have any questions, please direct them to: email@example.com
Finally, if anyone is able to assist at the Uniform Shop on a Friday afternoon from 3.00-3.30pm, your help would be greatly appreciated.
Susana Lloyd, Skye Maguire & Alison Egan
Mulleygrub’s Café can only function with your help. We are experiencing delays with having the children’s lunches out on time on a Friday, due to having very few helpers. Please consider putting yourself down once a month or once a fortnight to help out in the canteen. A regular roster needs to be in place for the canteen to be successful. Ask a friend and come in together. Any amount of time is wonderful, especially on a Thursday and/or a Friday. Remember to apply for a Working with Vulnerable People card (WWVP). It’s free for volunteers!
Our Masterchef this week is the 'The Helpful Hunter Family' and they are making 'Rice crispy treats'. The ingredients are: rice bubbles, butter, marshmallows and hundreds and thousands. We will be selling them for 50 cents.
$1.00 Lolly limit per day
Our local Bakers Delight in Cooleman Court rewards our school when we purchase bread from them. When making purchases at Bakers Delight could you please ask for the points to be added to St Jude’s. Over time, the points add up and we benefit from this by receiving free bread for carnivals when Meal Deals are organised. Let your friends and family know. The more people that do it, the more points we get.
~ ~ SOUP IS NOW AVAILABLE ~ ~
Creamy pumpkin or chicken & sweet corn
Friday 14 June
Wednesay 19 June
Thursday 20 June
Help needed X 2
~ Awards Week 5 and 6, Term 2 ~
1S—Elliot K and Buster O
1T—Hannah C and Anji AB
2D—Siena R and Heide T
2BF —Poppy K
2J—Eloise T and Joseph G
3M—Texas Q and Angus M
3ME—Haya M, Ethan B and Laura T
5L—Natalie S, Ashleigh M and Bailey F
6S—Grace A and Dani AB
Let children see you read and make links for them. You don’t need to go on and on but if you say it frequently children will begin to understand reading is a life skill!
“I’m reading the recipe book so I can cook.
I’m reading the newspaper to find out what’s going on in the world.
I’m reading the instruction manual to help me put together the cabinet etc.
I’m reading the breakfast cereal because I’m bored!
I’m reading an historical book to find out about the past.
I’m reading cartoons because I love them
I’m reading information off the internet because we want to buy a boat.”